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In 2009, Care for Elders implemented a County-wide effort to solicit input from older adults and other key stakeholders about priorities for improving Houston and Harris County's elder-friendliness. Using recommendations first developed by professionals and listed in the Houston/Harris County Aging Agenda, nearly 1,200 individuals told us about what's most important to them.

 

According to the survey results, ultimately the way to improve the quality of life of elders is to focus on the combination of social and systems issues. The top six overall quality-related priorities are:

  1. Improve existing transportation programs to specifically cater to seniors' needs
  2. Make it easier to access help in paying utility and electric bills
  3. Implement mandatory training for home care and hands on workers who support seniors at home
  4. Encourage employers to recruit older workers
  5. Educate seniors about scams to prevent them from becoming victims
  6. Teach older adults about housing options and how to remain in their current homes

Final Report- Results of Care for Elders 2009/10 Consumer Input Initiative

 

Comparing Results by Sub-Groups

Consumer Input Process Responses: Vulnerable Seniors

Consumer Input Process Responses: Caregivers

Consumer Input Process Responses: Professionals

Consumer Input Process Responses: Senior Groups

 

Comparing Results by Race

Consumer Input Process Responses: Asian

Consumer Input Process Responses: African American

Consumer Input Process Responses: Hispanic

Consumer Input Process Responses: Caucasian

 



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